Super Mario Star Found in Nature!

It turns out that Mother Nature invented the Super Mario Star. Behold the Marginaster sea star, newly discovered off the coast of Tasmania:

Photo: CSIRO

A recently discovered species of Marginaster sea star was found living around seamounts in the southern waters off the coast of Tasmania, scientists reported in October 2008.

The seamounts, or underwater mountains, can sprawl 15.6 miles (25 kilometers) wide and rise thousands of feet from the seabed.

In the deep sea, where the ocean bottom is nothing more than muddy sediment, rocky seamounts offer a stable habitat that provides shelter and food for sea life.

National Geographic News has the fascinating photo gallery: Link

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